Cherry red candy

The old Switzer’s Licorice factory sat on the Missouri side of the Eads Bridge, between a cobblestone street and the mighty Mississippi under the shadow of the Arch. I heard the building was demolished a few years ago, which kind of makes me sad because of the loss of sense of history it evoked. I loved the faded, painted brick – it was a landmark that always reminded me of growing up in St. Louis.


  1. Maggie,

    The best part of the building was when it was in full production and you could smell the aroma of the candy in the air. Yums!

    Dad and were sad, too. It seems like one day we had looked at it forever and then it was gone. Now we must stare at the empty space.

    Lots of love and hugs, Mom

  2. I know how you feel, those beautiful mid-west relics are disappearing faster than I’d like! There is something so grounding about old buildings–it’s hard to describe. Nice photo too 🙂

  3. I just saw this and it brought back the strangest memory from my Danforth Foundation/AYF days. At one of the many leadership events I met this lovely, very nice, middle-aged, blonde woman named Harriet. Then someone came up to me and whispered “That’s Harriet Switzer!! She the licorice heiress!” I thought that was hilarious. Still do.

    • Best memory ever!


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